7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Mountain View Studio
20 Mountain View Avenue, Woodstock, NY, 12498, Northeast

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I wrote and perform a one man play called Off the Meter On the Record Although I live in Queens, New York City, my parents were from Donegal and Tyronne, and I spent my childhood going back and forth between Queens and my uncle’s sheep farm outside of Pettigo, Donegal.  I began my career as a cab driver after serving in the US army in Germany during the Vietnam war.   My play, Off the Meter, represents the culmination of a forty year career of driving a yellow cab in New York City, while trying to make a difference in the world. It gives a glimpse of the changing landscape of the city I love from the unique position of behind the wheel of an NYC yellow cab, and takes the audience from tears to hilarity in the speed of a New York minute.  Initially presented during the NYC Fringe Festival, it had a successful sold out run at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City, and was directed by Irish Rep founder Ciaran O’Reilly. I have performed it in theaters in Boston and New York, and it received the First Origin Irish Theatre Spirit Award in January of 2022.   Last May I performed it at the Sean O’Casey Theatre in Dublin before capacity crowds as part of the O’Casey Festival, where it was very well received.

$20 pay pal to mtviewstudio@gmail.com
When not performing the play, I co-host a weekly radio show with Malachy McCourt on WBAI, 99.5 FM in NYC every Sunday. I am a board member of the Irish American Writers and Artists, and have been featured in the BBC program Steven Fry in America, Top Gear with Richard Hammond, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
John McDonagh
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